The Dark [John McGahern] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Dark, widely acclaimed, yet infamously banned, is John McGahern’s. John McGahern (in the September, issue of The Honest Ulsterman is, clearly, the indicated the sombre nature of the writer’s vision, the dark conditions of. the fate of the gifted young writer John McGahern, whose novel The Dark was i. For McGahern’s own opinions on the ban and a detailed background of his case, .

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There were many good second-hand book shops, there was the national library, there were plenty of cinemas, there was an incredible number of small theatres. This book was banned injust as Ulysses was banned in I was secretly ashamed.

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It captures the longing and frustration of the un-named protagonist and centres on his complex relationship with his father. He had six younger siblings; a brother who was financial controller of BBC Radio until his death a few years ago and five sisters, two of whom were nurses, two teachers and one a civil servant.

Women are largely absent from the narrative and mostly appear as idealised reflections datk the narrators jonh and fevered imaginings. They knew that not much remains of a man or woman and his or her endeavors a hundred or so years after their passing.

Dec 30, Carlos rated it really liked it. But McGahern knows this character well from his own childhood so perhaps I’m asking too much.

Ireland’s rural elegist

Denis Sampson sees a distinct progression in McGahern’s work from around this time. One or two might make priest, which apart from the sex is a good life it’s the life his father wants for him, and it’s possible his father was daek him sexually for itmaybe one will teach.

We in America often romanticize Ireland, but what is it we imagine? Oh, for mentioning that priests-to-be masturbated a lot. He jokes that for a long time he was just “that fella who writes the dirty books”, but Declan Kiberd, professor johnn Anglo-Irish literature at University College Dublin, says he now occupies an almost uniquely exalted position.


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Aug 30, Gillik rated it liked it Shelves: For a short book, with admirably brisk movement through its story, there is a lot of detail which the reader could probably work out unaided. I began reading The Dark for banned book week as it had been banned in Ireland and it is easy to see why the book made them jobn. It was like the tradition of the Gaelic poets, johh were paid money to write in derision about people. The sisters share a room, and he shares a bed with his father. With grace and sadness throughout.

She became a teacher and bought a small farm because in s Leitrim it was easier to buy a house with land than without.

The Dark is one of the most emotionally jphn and deeply affecting novels I’ve ever read. The math does not work out if his father stopped producing children after the boy was 8, the boy was the eldest, and the boy is now That is what he [McGahern] has been doing in his work.

The things that remain the longest are the feelings and memories we leave behind in others who truly knew us and loved us. They are such raw books of individuals facing the terrors of life. It wouldn’t have been the same book, it wouldn’t have tje as good a book thinking about how important this theme is, I suspect that without it, McGahern wouldn’t have written this book!

The result is an jhon exact prose stunning in its visual accuracy. If I decide not to read the book, I am certain that your review will provided me with all of the information I would have got should I have read it.

Thanks for your comment, Rachel. What others are you taking? Not an awful lot happens but the rich descriptions and the sense of the texture of daily ordinary life are wonderfully conveyed. But his pale glance was formidable. Notify me of new comments via email. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


I hope you like it, Kevin. To view it, click here. It’s a good thing McGahern was so talented on his own. One is given the place one is born into, but first and last one is a human being. Like reading an Irish Yates. The Barracks or The Dark? When he was shortlisted for the Booker prize, I remember watching the chairman of the judges mispronounce his name because it was so unfamiliar to him. But he recalls that “if you were young with literary interests Dublin was a very lively city.

You go to school, and need to go well to get to college, and be the mcgzhern one ever to do that.

A tremendous book, it made me read around his other work, from which I learned that Amongst Women was, apparently, his best by some way. A nervous child becomes an adult who lacks confidence in himself and his abilities.

Makes me want to read lots more of this author. A coming of age story about a young man with six siblings, growing up on a small farm in country Ireland. I, for one, was never abused by the Catholic priests where I went to school, nor did I know of anyone who was. He had something he wanted to leave, but never, really, was there a dream drawing him on. McGahern is mvgahern to switch with ease between first, second and third person perspectives within the Chapters, which pleasantly will not throw the reader off.

It’s very stark and bare.

An unnamed boy is the only son of the widower Mahoney who ekes out a subsistance living on a small farm of land in the County Leitrim of s Ireland.